Colorado Rapids

23 January 2:03 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Marcelo Sarvas is no longer a member of the LA Galaxy, but the Brazilian midfielder who was a major part in two MLS Cup titles spoke to LAGalaxy.com about his tenure with the team. 

In my exclusive sit down with Sarvas, the Brazilian speaks about his arrival and what brought him to the club as well as his relationship with the fans and teammates. However, not every bit was included in my own written piece or the video interview.  

Below were some excerpts from my exclusive sit down with Sarvas. 

(On replacing David Beckham in the midfield…)

SARVAS: I came to a team that was a championship and where every player was good especially in the midfield where we had Beckham and Juni. I worked so hard to get a spot but that year, I found my spot on the team because of the Olympic games where David was very busy. Then I started to play and the team started to win games—not because of me but because we were good. We then reached the playoffs and I started to play more and get more credit. That was year was the last year for David and then me and Juni started to play every game. It was a pleasure to replace David but, of course, it’s hard to fill his shoes. You can’t say anything about David and what he made for soccer. Then me and Juni started to work together and people started to see how we work together. This year was the best year for me for sure.

(On his mindset and why he was such a fan favorite…)

SARVAS: There are a lot of people who pay to make that day special for their family and their kids and that means that you have to give everything that you have. That doesn’t mean that you’re perfect every day, but they have to see that you’re trying and you fight for them. Now I go to Colorado with the same mentality to play for the people over there.

(On the goal against Seattle…)

SARVAS: I don’t know if I was preparing myself to leave the club because no one knows how negotiations can go. But things started to build up during and after the season and I was starting to feel like this was my last year with the Galaxy.  When I scored that goal, it was like I was saying good bye to everyone and that’s why I felt that emotion. Even though we were going to the final, on my mind was that it was probably my last goal. Everything came very fast.”

(On when he started to feel like he was going to leave…)

SARVAS: Everyone knows the salary cap situation in MLS and everyone wishes for more which is normal. You have a team that is successful and every player wants more because your price rises. That’s normal in every club, but we know how it is here. We know that the Galaxy are always working with a tight budget so in my mind, I felt like we couldn’t reach what we wanted. Also, I think that every player and athlete needs a challenge. “Every player and every athlete needs a new challenge. I’ve been here for three years and while it’s natural to get settled, I always try to look over those emotions. It was time for a new challenge to get the best for me. Last year, I showed my best here and now I think I need something more to get the best from me. This move came at a good time for me.

(On the importance of getting a new contract…)

SARVAS: I think that with a contract you have to fight for the best for you and your family and that’s what I did. I’m 33, it’s no secret and I know that I’m going to be retired in three or four or five years. I’m prepared to play more with the way that I take care of myself, but the end will come soon, and my family has to be settled. Soccer doesn’t give the same opportunities to all players that are financially secure so I had to fight for my family.

(On what it’ll be like playing the Galaxy…)

SARVAS: “I don’t know. It’ll be nice to play against the guys that I know and it’ll be a real special moment for me.”

21 January 12:52 pm

The annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game is heading to the Rockies.

The league announced on Wednesday in Denver that the 20th annual MLS All-Star Game will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the home of the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colorado on July 29th. The opposition for the MLS All-Stars has yet to be confirmed. Colorado last hosted the All-Star Game in 2007 when the MLS All-Stars defeated Scottish side Celtic 2-0.  

Unlike past years, the date of the All-Star Game could benefit the Galaxy who play their final match before the All-Star break on the road against the Houston Dynamo on July 25 before returning to action on Aug. 1 in Commerce City against the Rapids.

 

17 January 2:37 pm

Former LA Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas is excited to lead his new team the Colorado Rapids after being dealt from the MLS Cup champions on Thursday in exchange for the third spot on the MLS allocation order. 

Giving his first interview since the trade, Sarvas told Richard Fleming on the Colorado Rapids podcast that negotiations about a move to Colorado have occurred since the days following LA's MLS Cup triumph. Although the 33-year-old admitted that it was bittersweet to be living the Galaxy, he said that was eager for a new challenge in Colorado. 

"I feel sad because I left a place that I had a lot of feelings for, but I'm also very happy because I believe in God and he opened this door for me. I feel comfortable to say that it was the right move," said Sarvas. "I expect big things from Colorado."

Sarvas and the Rapids will take on the LA Galaxy for the first time on May 5 at StubHub Center. 

16 January 12:47 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- The LA Galaxy dealt one of chief contributors to their 2014 MLS Cup title run on Thursday by trading Marcelo Sarvas to the Colorado Rapids, but the club now appears primed to replace the departing Brazilian with another top tier talent. 

LA dealt Sarvas and an international roster spot to the Rapids on Thursday in a move that saw the Galaxy move up to the third spot on the league's allocation order. Reports have swirled that move will allow the Galaxy to acquire U.S. international Sacha Kljestan, a player who has long been on the club's radar. According to ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle,  the deal should allow the Galaxy the freedom to acquire Kljestan or any other returning U.S. international as neither the two teams ahead of them in the ranking, the Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes are expected to impede LA's plans. 

"It's a deal that I believe is beneficial for Marcelo," Arena told Carlisle on Thursday. "It's something he wanted to do and puts him in a good position financially. And it allows us to have some flexibility in continuing to build our roster in 2015. So we'll have the ability to look into the possibility of bringing in some other players."

In addition to Arena speaking out about the Brazilian midfielder's departure, Sarvas' partner in central midfield Juninho also addressed his departure via his personal instagram.

"Marcelo, I want to wish you the best of luck in the next step of your life. Thank you for teaching me a lot of things about soccer, especially never giving up no matter the situation. You are a very good player and an example of dedication and companionship," Juninho said. "We were a good duo. It was a pleasure to play and live by your side and to know you in and off the field. Good luck to you in your next new club. LA, my family and I gonna miss you, Champion.'

 

Marcelo I want to wish you the best of luck in the next step of your life. Thank you for teaching me a lot of things about soccer, especially never giving up no matter the situation. You are a very good player and an example of dedication and companionship. We were a good duo. It was a pleasure to play and live by your side and to know you in and off the field. Good luck to you in your next new club. LA, my family and I gonna miss you Champion / Marcelo Eu quero te desejar muita sorte neste próximo passo da tua vida. Obrigado por me ensinar muitas coisas sobre o futebol , especialmente de nunca me der por vencido não importa a situação. Você é jogador diferenciado um exemplo de dedicação e companheirismo. Fomos uma excelente dupla juntos. Foi um prazer jogar e viver ao teu lado e de conhecer você dentro e fora de campo. Boa sorte no teu novo clube. LA , minha família e eu vamos sentir saudades de você Campeão. @marcelosarvas

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13 November 2:38 pm

There's no feeling better than scoring a goal in the playoffs. 

Ahead of the LA Galaxy's Western Conference Championship contest against Seattle Sounders FC, I joined Galaxy TV to look at the top five playoff goals in club history. 

Check it out the video above and if you disagree with any of my selections, leave a comment below. 

06 September 4:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- It's safe to say that Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Nasco had one of the worst nights of his career, and he did it all without playing a single minute. 

Just 34 seconds into the game, Alan Gordon skirted past Nasco during a scramble in front of goal, but before he could get a shot off at an empty net, Nasco yanked down the forward. Despite the extremely early juncture of the game, referee Baldomero Toledo pointed to the spot and handed out a red card for Nasco which was the quickest red card in league history. 

Gyasi [Zardes] and [Alan] Gordon made great runs across the box and Todd [Dunivant] put in a great cross in front of the goal and when you do that, good things happen," said Landon Donovan. "Gordon did a good job to get his feet on it and was going to score and got pulled down, so that’s part of the game and it’s unfortunate for them."

Prior to Nasco's foible, the previous holder of the dubious distinction was former New York Red Bulls defender Carlos Johnson, who was sent off in the second minute of a match with the then-Kansas City Wizards back on April 23, 2009. 

Although Nasco will likely have to carry the distinction for some time, he got little sympathy from the home side. 

"If the goalkeeper doesn’t do that, then they don’t get the red card," said defender Omar Gonzalez. "That’s the way the game is played, those are the rules. It’s tough that’s the way it went down, but that had to happen."

06 September 12:27 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The U.S. National Team buzz surrounding Gyasi Zardes is at a fever pitch and now the striker's LA Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan is getting into the conversation.

Zardes scored twice during the Galaxy's 6-0 rout of the Colorado Rapids on Friday night to continue his impressive streak of 17 goals in 18 games in all competitions this summer. With 14 goals in his sophomore season in MLS, Zardes now holds the highest single-season total for an MLS Homegrown Player breaking the record previous held New England Revolution's Diego Fagundez who scored 13 goals last year.

As Zardes continues to score, the national team chatter will continue to intensify, but to have the seal of approval from Donovan is likely to aid the striker's case for the USMNT.

"He deserves everything he has got; success is not an accident. People think you’re just born a certain way and everything either comes to you or doesn’t and it’s not true," said Donovan. "Last year, we saw the other side of that where he wasn’t quite there yet. He put in a lot of work last year and a lot of work this year and it’s starting to pay off. I would be pretty shocked if he’s not called into the U.S. [Men’s National] Team soon.”

Throughout Zardes' impressive performance against the Rapids, the 22-year-old displayed not only his trademark speed, but also a variety of tricks learned from players like Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. Whether it was Keane’s ability make a dummy run and set up a chance for a teammate or Donovan-esque turn and shoot, Zardes showcased that he’s steadily adding tricks to his growing arsenal of offensive moves.

And as he displays some of their trademark moves on the field, Zardes credits the role that Keane and Donovan have played in his maturation.  

“My teammates are helping me. All these guys are older than me and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from them," Zardes said. “Landon is a phenomenal player and I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from him. As you can see in the recent games, he’s the one giving me all my assists and I’m just trying to build off that as much as I can from these guys because they’ve played professional soccer longer than I have.”

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Does Zardes get a national team call for the match against Ecuador?

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05 September 10:56 pm

CARSON, Calif. - It was an emotional night at StubHub Center. 

The LA Galaxy honored the memory of A.J. DeLaGarza's departed son Luca with a 6-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids. The largest victory for the club since 1996. 

Relive the emotional night through the great photos of Mora Photography. 

 

 

05 September 10:21 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena addressed the media after the club's 6-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

(On the emotional game for the LA Galaxy...)

ARENA: "We think the world of AJ [DeLaGarza] and his family. It’s a difficult moment, so our thoughts are definitely with them. It was emotional. He’s a person that we all care about. He’s such a great person. Him and his wife. It’s awful difficult to be in that position. We feel his pain, and we will be as supportive as we can be for AJ and his family. Certainly, our thoughts were with him tonight. It’s certainly it was a game we wanted to win for him."

(On Baggio Husidic's performance...)

ARENA: Very good game. Baggio is a very good player. He’s played very well over the past couple of weeks. Those were big goals tonight.

(On the defensive injuries...)

ARENA: Our injuries this year have really been in the back. We are just hanging on with bodies right now. We are getting James ready, but it’s still a little early for him. We wish we would have been able to get him some Galaxy II games, but it’s past the deadline to get him on the roster. We are just going to have to work him in through training and hopefully some game time

05 September 6:16 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy are in mourning after the loss of A.J. DeLaGarza's newborn son and club president Chris Klein insists that the team will continue to support him and his family in their time of need. 

Klein spoke to reporters ahead of the Galaxy's match with the Colorado Rapids on the ways in which the team was honoring Luca. 

(On when A.J. will return to the field...)

KLEIN: It’s entirely up to him, kind of the speed with what he does. Bruce has been great with him and defers to him with whatever he’s comfortable doing.

(On how A.J. is doing...)

KLEIN: I don’t know that I could put myself in his shoes. And know what it is that he and Megan were going through and have been going through, not only last week but the last couple months. AJ is a very tough kid, but you can’t prepare yourself for going through something like this. All we could do is come around him as his extended family and support him as best as we could.

AJ was at training this week, through this has been a release for him to come and be around the guys. This week, we’ve had people talking to him consistently.

(On Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni wearing the armband...)

KLEIN: It’s not only Pablo but to see the support from players, from teams in our sport and other sports to se the reaction and how other people set everything else aside and come to the support of one family. It’s been incredible. I don’t know that AJ has seen all of it, but even to sit and look at it all has been something pretty cool. Pablo is part of our family as well, and AJ is someone that everyone likes. To have that is pretty amazing.

(On if the match is an emotional one...)

KLEIN: It is. Anytime you have a teammate that’s going through something it’s emotional, but to have someone like AJ who has been a part of us for so long and to have this group that’s so close is something you can’t describe. The guys are going to be emotional. You saw last week and I think you’ll see it again tonight.

(On the plan to honor DeLaGarza with cheers at the 20 minute mark...)

KLEIN: whose idea I don’t know. It is cool. Things just started to come out. We don’t have the right words to say, but anything we can do that our supporters and fans can do to support AJ and his family.